High School: Everman HS
Hometown: Everman, Texas
Horace Richardson was a two-star Scout.com recruit coming out of high school that played cornerback, running back and receiver. Richardson ran for 443 yards and five touchdowns out of the backfield and also had five receiving touchdowns. The versatile cornerback also spent time returning kicks, averaging 29.5 yards per return. Richardson picked SMU after receiving interest from Houston, TCU and Texas Tech.
Richardson started in all seven games that he played in, recording 21 tackles, five passes defended and a team-high two interceptions.
SMU’s defense as a whole was not very good last season, but the secondary, in particular, was awful. While Richardson was a bright spot when he was on the field, he simply wasn’t on the field long enough or healthy enough to really make a difference for this team.
Over his last three games in 2015 he made just three tackles. To his credit he also made two pass break ups and intercepted a pass over the games.
OUTLOOK IN 2016
Richardson’s career has been riddled with injuries—so many in fact that he has never been able to love up to his potential.
He is a big, strong, athletic corner that can create turnover—he just hasn’t been healthy long enough to make any real impact.
Richardson suffered back-to-back ACL tears to start his SMU career and hasn’t been able to put together a full, healthy season together since. Marred with countless injuries, Richardson has only managed to start in 13 games for SMU.
If SMU stands any chance of turning this defense around, I truly believe it begins with Richardson staying off the injured list.